I've always been a big fan of "upcycling" - or, turning one man's trash into your own treasure, making new of something old. Growing up, my mom and I would pull furniture out of the trash and spend our summers in the garage sanding, painting, tiling, and then rearranging our house to accommodate our finds. So, when my husband said he acquired a few pallets from work, I was definitely excited. Then, they sat in the garage for a good 6 months.
Luckily, this was more of an instant gratification project than the kitchen table. Once we cut apart the pallet, my husband got to work on sanding and adding boards to form a bottom on one, and a top on the other. We stained with "English Chestnut," and it came out beautifully. We love the texture and function that these pallet shelves bring to each room.
First, we hung one in the kitchen, opposite our coffee mug hanger, to hold our favorite cookbooks.
We hung the second shelf in the living room entry way. This one is flipped in the opposite direction of the first to form a mantle. We added antique brass hooks for coats, hats, and leashes. Anyone who knows me, knows that I can't wait until Christmas to hang stockings here!